Anderson initially left college in her sophomore year when she was swept away by her future husband. She suffered a low grade point average (GPA) because she failed to withdraw from her courses. Not realizing the impact this would have on her later, she enjoyed the hustle and bustle of co-owning a Ford dealership, a seamless marriage, and living in a beautiful house in the historic gold rush town of Sutter Creek...until one day it all vanished. In less than a year, she lost the Ford Dealership, her marriage ended and her beautiful home was found to be located on a future EPA environmental Superfund site.
To make ends meet, Anderson worked as a courtesy clerk and assumed a position as a head booth clerk at Safeway, because it was a good paying job with benefits. A leader at heart, she gained an interest in...
Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Full-time Mom, Diane Anderson does it all!
(Amador Ledger Dispatch - March 7th, 2008)
On a bleak, rainy day in 1997, a Safeway courtesy clerk found herself struggling to push a line of carts through her store's parking lot. She was recently divorced, a single mom caring for two young daughters while coming to terms with being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and - after years of a comfortable lifestyle - suddenly broke and making $6 an hour. Worse yet, the shopping carts weren't cooperating.
At that very moment, an elderly man she'd never met before approached her through the drizzle. He pointed his finger directly at her and warned, "If you don't go back to school, you'll be doing this for the rest of your life." The woman began to cry. There was no way that man could know that in just over a decade, that same clerk, Diane Anderson, would be gracing the cover of University of the Pacific's magazine for Eberhardt School of Business, praised as an outstanding mother, budding attorney and clever entrepreneur - in other words, the ultimate success story.
When Anderson made the decision to start her life over again by going back to college in the wake of her divorce, the odds weren't in her favor. Her daughters Jacquilyn and Nikki were 8 and 9 and she was barely making ends meet. She began...